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Raymond named as Capriati's replacement

8/10/2004

ATHENS, Greece -- Jennifer Capriati was forced to pull out
of the Athens Games with a hamstring injury and was replaced by
Lisa Raymond, a team spokesman told The Associated Press on
Tuesday.

Capriati won a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Games, but she
missed the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. She told coach Zina Garrison on
Sunday she couldn't play in the Olympics because of the injury,
which has been bothering Capriati since July.

Raymond, who was to play doubles with Martina Navratilova, was
picked for the singles spot vacated by Capriati, spokesman Randy
Walker said.

"She's the highest ranked player who is in the tournament who
wasn't competing in singles," Walker said. "But now she will be
playing singles and doubles with Martina Navratilova."

The duo reached the semifinals at Wimbledon this year before
losing to South Africa's Liezel Huber and Japan's Ai Sugiyama 7-6
(4), 7-5.

Raymond, a native of Norristown, Pa., who turned 31 Tuesday, is
a right-hander ranked No. 40 by the Women's Tennis Association who
has four WTA singles titles.

In July, Capriati withdrew from the JPMorgan Chase Open, citing
a hamstring injury. At the time, she said she hoped to be able to
play in the Olympics, which start Friday.

Capriati played in the WTA Tour Rogers Cup in Montreal last
week, losing to Russian Elena Likhovtseva 6-2, 7-5 in the
quarterfinals.